Heptrix (Wii U eShop)- Review

Originally posted December 20th 2014 on the Seafoam Gaming forums


Title: Heptrix

System: Wii U (eShop)

Price: $1.99

Release date: 11/27/2014

The main game/story

This is a Tetris clone with the main difference being that the blocks have seven pieces to them instead of four. That’s pretty much the entire game. It may seem like a decent replacement for Tetris Ultimate after Ubisoft ignored the Wii U for that game, but sadly this game has numerous problems that mess up the game.

Graphics

These graphics are pretty ugly at best. The blocks look fine, but the starry sky background is generic and the text font looks really bad on this background. There’s also no drop shadow and the board is slanted in a way that makes predicting where to drop pieces more difficult than it should be…

Music and sound effects:

One song plays during the entire game and it’s quite bland, so it’s unlikely that you’ll remember it. The sound effects work OK at first… Until you clear a line or lose and hear this confusing “oh!” sound effect that makes no sense whatsoever.

Gameplay

Anybody should know how Tetris is played, right? It seems like adding a few blocks onto the pieces would add some fun and interesting challenge to it, and would help be a good replacement for Tetris Ultimate. Unfortunately the problems I mentioned earlier hurt this game quite a bit, along with one other fatal flaw.

There is no soft drop.

Usually if you want to move a piece into a specific spot that you can’t get to by hard dropping the piece, in nearly any tetris game or clone you can soft drop to get a bit closer and speed things up a bit. Well, in this game all you can do is either hard drop the piece, or wait until it reaches the area you want it to be. This wait is quite a long one I might add, and there is no excuse for why the soft drop isn’t in this game. It adds unnecessary frustration to this game and it’s disappointing they didn’t bother to include it to make the game at least work properly.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Heptrix is a clone that has a neat concept but suffers from numerous design choices, making it pretty unplayable. Even for the $2 price tag, you are better off buying the WiiWare Tetris from the Wii Shop Channel, as I can only see people with a ton of patience having fun with this game. I give Heptrix a 3 out of 10

Thanks to Jose Varela for the review code.

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